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Old 07-20-2008, 05:51 PM
Status: "could've~would've~should've used 'have', not 'of'" (set 18 days ago)
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I've always wanted to know the answer to this question - Why do people want to live near teaching hospitals?
I've always heard that teaching hospitals are most likely to be able to handle "unusual'" or hard to treat problems, more likely to have the latest, most innovative equipment and methods of treatment.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:26 AM
 
Location: In the North Idaho woods, still surrounded by terriers
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I've always heard that teaching hospitals are most likely to be able to handle "unusual'" or hard to treat problems, more likely to have the latest, most innovative equipment and methods of treatment.
This is EXACTLY true....plus often treatment can be gratis or extremely cheap...such as dental, optical, etc.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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As I said, the local city has two hospitals. One is a teaching hospital and the other is not.

From our observations; the teaching hospital has all of the new equipment, and specialists. Every scan, every new surgery procedure, every new technique.

The other hospital [St. Josephs] has few of these things. They focus on 'care'.

My Dw goes to St. Joes when she has a heart attack. She likes the care. They focus on her comfort and calm. They have none of the scans that would be needed to assess what is wrong with her heart. None of the specialists. None of the surgical procedures, and few of the treatments to treat a cardiac patient. Though they do have cardiac patients.

Doctors from the teaching hospital go to St. Joes every week day [not weekends] to make quick visual assessments of the patients there, and to offer them the diagnostic services that are available at the teaching hospital.

Patients are then transported between these two hospitals [during the week], to be diagnosed and treated at the teaching hospital, and back to St. Joes for care.

If you have your heart attack late Friday, or on the weekend, then at St. Joes you will be comforted and cared for, as my Dw has been. Then on the following Monday, you would be offered the services of the teaching hospital, where your problems could be diagnosed and treated.

At the teaching hospital, it is likely that with each round you will be seen by a different doctor, treated by different doctors, from treatment to treatment, and from day to day. If you have six different scans and two surgeries; it is possible that you may never see the same doctor twice. And it is possible for patients to be temporarily 'lost' in the process [which we have also seen].

Both of these hospitals are clean, staffed, and wonderful; though the focus is different.

I hope that this makes sense.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:56 AM
 
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I checked out Boston where I live now, and Syracuse, NY, where I grew up. If I went back to the Syracuse area, I could live on HALF what I need here.

Of course, any job I got there would pay less, as well, but for retirement, it's a good idea.

Gotta go to "unattractive" places, I guess (like Syracuse, IMO)!
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I checked out Boston where I live now, and Syracuse, NY, where I grew up. If I went back to the Syracuse area, I could live on HALF what I need here.

Of course, any job I got there would pay less, as well, but for retirement, it's a good idea.

Gotta go to "unattractive" places, I guess (like Syracuse, IMO)!
I have never been 'drawn' toward urban life. I suppose that some folks are drawn to that, but not me.

I find it interesting how as you point out one city can be seen as 'attractive' as compared to another. To me they are all cities.

Whereas there is much forest and rivers in the US. Many rural areas where life is slower and I find these areas to be far more attractive.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:30 AM
Status: "North of Palm Trees, South of High Taxes" (set 7 days ago)
 
Location: Noth Caccalacca
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I've always wanted to know the answer to this question - Why do people want to live near teaching hospitals?
LauraC - They tend to be on the cutting-edge (pun intended) of new medical techniques. Older folks prefer to be near any medical facility, just for the security of knowing it's close by!
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